Looking to impress your guests this Christmas? These beautiful personalised name places are easy to make and guaranteed to wow! Our good friends at Anon Design Studio have put together these easy to follow instructions on how to create beautiful Christmas Calligraphy name places.
Leaf Place Names
If you’re really wanting your place settings to stand out this Christmas then look no further then using beautiful green leaves, we really love how the gold ink and green from the leaves complement each other to give a really luxurious festive style.
What you’ll need:
- Laurel leaves
- Gold metallic marker pen
- This is one of the most simplest ways to create some truly effective and beautiful place settings, make sure you have the right sized leaves from your local florist.
- Practice writing out the names you wish to add to your leaves and then start writing on your leaves (yes it really is that simple).
- After a while the waxy nature of the leaf will start to block your pen so it’s a good idea to purchase a couple to have as a back up when this happens.
If you’re feeling like adding a little luxury to your leaf you can dab some gold leaf to the corners. Keep your leaves fresh in your fridge until you need them.
Cotton Paper Place Names
Nothing says refined rustic more than cotton place settings, this paper is great for calligraphy but also for dip dying to create your own unique designs.
What you’ll need:
- Khadi Paper Place Settings
- Gold ink
- Calligraphy pen and nib
- Blue, green and black gouache paints
- Mix up your gouache paints to create the colour you want then add enough water to give a watercolour effect. The more water you add the lighter the ink colour and vice versa with less water.
- Dip your paper into the water and use your brush to guide the ink onto your paper, at this stage you can dip a few times and also let the paper dry slightly and re dip for extra effect.
- Once the paper is really dry and flattened out you can write on it with your beautiful gold or silver ink.
- For a shimmery sea spray effect you can flick small droplets of ink onto your setting.
If you’re feeling like adding a little luxury to your card you can dab some gold leaf to the corners. After you have dip dyed your paper it might slightly curl when dry, keep them stored under some heavy books to flatten out until you need them.
Apple Place Names
Apples are a fun seasonal fruit to use throughout the year for place settings, we really like this deep dark red for these apples as they really show off the gold leaf detail that has been added. To create apple place settings you must make sure they are pretty fresh and all the dew has been removed from them.
What you’ll need:
- Fresh apples
- Gold leaf sheets
- Gilding paste and brush
- Gold marker pen
- Purchase your apples a few days before your dinner party to make sure they are as fresh as possible and remove any dew, give them a buff with a tea towel to bring out that lovely shine.
- Plan out your calligraphy by jotting the names of your guests down a few times to help warm up then write on your apple with your gold marker pen.
- You can go over any missed strokes with the pen and even thicken the down strokes if you want more of a calligraphy effect.
- Using a brush dab onto the apple some gilding paste and leave for a few seconds to get tacky before applying your gold leaf.
- Remove any excess gold leaf by gently brush it away.
If you struggle to write on the apple it could be to do with the wax coating, you can remove this by giving it a quick wipe with nail varnish remover. Due to the waxy nature of the apple you’ll need to purchase a couple of pens as the nibs get worn out very quickly.
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